This Monday celebrate World Autism Day

April 1, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Monday April 4th is World Autism Day.

From the Autism Ontario site:

“Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day with Autism Ontario’s Raise the Flag Campaign

Last year over 400 Ontario schools and 340 municipalities raised the flag. We invite you to join us in 2016!

There are many ways Ontarians can get involved and support the campaign:
– Attend a flag raising ceremony
– Fundraise in support of Autism Ontario
– Buy a flag
– Access and share our educational and awareness resources
– Share a story of acceptance, inclusion or insight”

And TDSB will be a part of the celebration (from the System Leaders Bulletin, March 29)

“On 4 April 2016, we join together with Autism Ontario to Raise the Flag in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day. We celebrate with over 355 municipalities and 300 schools across Ontario as they Raise the Flag. At our three central offices, 5050 Yonge Street, 140 Borough Drive and 1 Civic Centre, and many of our schools, we will raise the Autism Ontario flag.

This is an opportunity to support the over 3,000 TDSB students who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder and to provide opportunities for conversations promoting inclusion and understanding.

Resources to support your discussions can be found by contacting the TDSB Autism Services Team, 416-393-8942, Tippet Library or Autism Ontario,  ”

News from Ontario: The Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services has announced that it is changing the Ontario Autism support program, see here. From the Ministry site:

“The new Ontario Autism Program will make it easier for families to access services for their children by reducing wait times, providing more flexible services based on children’s needs, and serving more children and youth. It will also help children receive intensive therapy services during the key early developmental years. Research has shown that early intervention can have a significant impact on a child’s development, and is most effective for children between two and four years old.

The new, more flexible program will combine ABA and IBI into a single expanded and improved system. The transition to the new program will happen over two years.

Children five years old and older will be transitioned from the IBI waitlist and supported with one-time funding during the transition phase. The funding can be used to purchase eligible community services and supports during the transition to the more flexible and intensive autism program that better meets their needs.”

Read this article by Toronto Star journalist Andrea Gordon: Province to Launch Programs for Toddlers suspected of Autism. and Shorter Waitlists…

The Professional Library has TONS of resources on teaching autistic students. Contact us for more information (416) 395-8289 or

Check it out!




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